Options to reduce emissions focus on reducing inputs of nitrogen-based fertilisers. Cropping and some horticultural enterprises have lower soil carbon stocks than livestock farms. Management practices aimed at increasing carbon inputs to the soil have demonstrated that maintaining or increasing stocks may be possible in some situations.
Know your number first
Knowing what your greenhouse gas emissions are is the first critical step towards planning for reductions. A recent survey found that only 2% of New Zealand farmers know what their emissions are. Find out more about knowing your number.